Life after Tyndale Seminary

Friday, October 24, 2014

What are Tyndale Seminary graduates up to? Darryl and Sarah, both recent graduates, are taking what they learned at Tyndale and are using it to make a difference in their world.

Darryl Wolanski [MTS 2013] had been working in the private sector for over 20 years before God called him to pursue a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree.

“There’s a quote by Stephen R. Covey I read in a textbook that says, ‘We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.’ That really resonated with me,” he says.

It’s not surprising that after graduating, Darryl was led back into the private sector. He is now the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Leader at People and Change, a human capital consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Human capital consulting looks at the “people side” of corporate change management. Many of the companies Darryl works with are large blue chip companies operating in the GTA and across Canada.

“As believers, how do we demonstrate what it means to be human to the rest of the world?” asks Darryl. “I really feel that Tyndale prepared me to live out the answer.”

Sarah Patterson [MTS 2011, DMin 2014] says, “Spiritual Direction is a narrative-based discipline.” Coming from a journalistic background, it was natural that God led her into a ministry where she could be a part of the greater narrative of people’s lives.

During her MTS practicum at Tyndale, she realized that “many pastors are pastorless.” Her Doctor of Ministry thesis looked at how the “discipline of spiritual direction can facilitate a pastor’s relationship with God, their calling and their congregation.” In a sense, she became a pastor for pastors.

Her hope is to be able to take her research to a wider body of Christian leaders. “I would love to reach leaders in other denominations who are in charge of caring for their pastors and talk about my research.”

“This would go a long way to help pastors make sense of their stories” – the same way Sarah was able to make sense of her own story while studying at Tyndale.


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